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Thom brings deep knowledge and significant experience to his real estate and finance practice. His focus includes real estate development, uban redevelopment, municipal finance, land use and zoning, tax incremental financing, and general municipal law. Prior to joining Michael Best, Thom represented the City of Milwaukee as an Assistant City Attorney in the Office of the City Attorney.
Dan is an approachable, energetic, and trusted associate with a practice focusing on general business and other corporate matters. Dan counsels corporate clients of all sizes and brings a broad range of experience to his practice in corporate law, including corporate planning and formation, commercial contracting and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital and angel fundraising.
Geoffrey brings more than a decade of legal and eDiscovery experience to his work as a discovery consultant. As a member of the firm’s Litigation Support team, he consults with clients, attorneys, and technical support teams to develop custom workflows and leverage legal technologies in order to create cost-efficient practices and streamlined discovery efforts.
Steve serves as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Milwaukee office. Steve’s practice focuses on all aspects of U.S. and international patent prosecution in various technical fields including the automotive, agricultural, heat transfer, nuclear power generation, nuclear fuels and reactor fueling, security and safety, excavation and construction equipment, power generation and medical imaging industries.
Arthur offers clients a winning combination of trial and appellate experience gained as a federal prosecutor and more than 20 years of experience in handling patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets litigation. While his practice concentrates on intellectual property litigation, Arthur also has significant experience in internal investigations, False Claims Act suits, partnership and breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and employment litigation.
Bob handles complex tax cases, often involving novel or first impression issues. His practice includes federal, state and local taxation and tax controversies, trial and appellate tax litigation, property taxation of commercial, industrial, utility, and special use manufacturing properties, as well as property tax exemptions.
Julie’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in legal matters related to estate planning, trust administration, and probate. Clients rely on her sound judgment regarding lifetime planning, as well as the administration and distribution of assets at death.
Kate focuses on employment counseling for employers and management and defending employers in federal, state, and administrative litigation. Clients value Kate’s litigation skills and proactive, strategic employment counseling related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour claims, including exemption status, overtime issues, and audits by the U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Labor, and more.
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